Do you have any of the following symptoms of depression?
- Depressed mood
- Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy doing
- Significant weight loss when not dieting or increase or decrease in appetite
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
- Agitated of moving slowly throughout your day
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Feelings of worthless of excessive guilt
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
There’s hope in evidence-based treatment for depression. The evidence based treatments we use to treat depression range from Behavioral Activation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. At Mind Body Health, we also know that what you’re putting into your body may be affecting your mood. We recommend working with one of our dietitians alongside our psychologists to ensure that you’re maximizing your efforts to manage depression symptoms.
When feeling depressed, individuals increasingly isolate and stop engaging in activities they used to gain pleasure from. Behavioral activation is a form of behavior therapy that focuses on helping clients reengage in activities that bring a sense of reward to their lives. We focus on the barriers to getting you active and living life again and help you set goals to overcome them. Though it may take everything out of you to commit to engaging in these behaviors, you will likely see an improvement in your depression symptoms.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
This form of therapy proposes that individuals who struggle with depression have core beliefs about themselves that are often unhelpful (i.e. I am unloveable, worthless, a failure). Cognitive behavioral therapy is used by therapists to help clients develop more accurate beliefs about themselves. Developing more accurate beliefs can help change how one feels and engages with their life.
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
This form of therapy is more behavioral in nature, though it is useful in building mindfulness skills and becoming aware of when you are getting caught up in unhelpful thought patterns. This approach helps clients get untangled from that web of unhelpful thoughts and focus on living a life consistent with you personal values.